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Travel to See the Pros

February 24, 2017 at 10:06 AM by Eric Guenther, N. Oregon Recreational Tennis Organizer posted in Tennis For Families,

Pro Tennis,

Travel

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Spring is coming Pacific Northwest friends! The sun is poking out more often, it's staying light until well after five o'clock, and threats of snow days are almost gone. If you haven't made plans for spring break yet, it's time to book those travel plans. Looking for somewhere warm to go soon with the whole family? Head down south to Indian Wells, CA for the BNP Paribas Open and see the top tennis pros live!

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What are Davis Cup & Fed Cup?

February 3, 2017 at 2:36 PM by Eric Guenther, N. Oregon Recreational Tennis Organizer posted in Tennis Tips,

Pro Tennis

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(2016 Fed Cup champion the Czech Republic. Photo courtesy of Fed Cup.)

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Australian Open 101 & Court Style

January 21, 2017 at 11:36 AM by Eric Guenther, N. Oregon Recreational Tennis Organizer posted in Pro Tennis,

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(Photo courtesy of The Sport Digest)

What is the Australian Open?

Each new tennis year gets kicked off with the Australian Open, or as it has affectionately been dubbed, “The Happy Slam.” It’s one of four annual Grand Slam (or major) tennis tournaments, which are the most important events in professional tennis. The Australian Open is the first major after several months of little to no tennis.

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Get Fit with Tennis

January 17, 2017 at 6:22 PM by Erika Harmon posted in Exercise,

get fit,

health

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Want to tone up and get fit this year? 💪🏽 Try tennis! The game has tons of physical health benefits, and just as many mental health benefits. See some of the ways playing tennis can help you get into better shape below!

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Make a Tennis Court at Home

January 17, 2017 at 3:53 PM by Erika Harmon posted in Family Activities,

Tennis Fun

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Snow, rain and cold Pacific Northwest temperatures cooping you up inside? We know first hand how that can get old quick! Here at our Portland office, the winter snow storm has kept all of us inside for the last week. 😩 Thankully, we've got a fun way to get moving at home with our DIY tennis court tutorial! 

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Tennis Holiday Gift Guide

December 16, 2016 at 10:11 AM by Erika Harmon posted in Tennis Fun,

Christmas,

Tennis Gifts,

Holidays

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We're just over ONE week away from Christmas! 🎄 We know some of you are scrambling to find those perfect last minute gifts, so we scoured our online shop and our favorite sites for our favorite gift ideas for tennis fans. Need something for the kids, mom, dad or your best mate? We've got ideas for everyone below from apparel to gear! We think you'll find one or two things you'll want to gift yourself too. 😉

Something to be even merrier about, EVERYTHING in our RecTennis Shop is 25% OFF now through Monday!! (Use code SNOWGOOD at checkout.) 

One of our favorite gifts below is the tennis ball cookie cutter, perfect for those batches of Christmas cookies you'll be baking for Santa. We also love the packs of Penn Quick Start foam and orange tennis balls. People ask us all of the time where they can buy the foam balls we use because they're perfect for younger kids and damage-free play around the house. The orange balls are also fun for all ages to play with, even adults. These low compression balls are much easier to control than the standard yellow ball, making for fun, long rallies. And of course, our RecTennis apparel and gear will make everyone on your list look cool on the court. 😎


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5 Last Minute Halloween Costumes

October 27, 2016 at 11:37 AM by Erika Harmon posted in Halloween,

Tennis Fun

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Only a few days away from Halloween and we know some of you are probably scrambling to figure out a last minute costume. Don't worry, we've got you! Stand apart amid the sea of Hillary, Trump, Star Wars and Pokemon costumes this year with our favorite tennis costumes. Whether you go for the Andre mullet, the Johnny Mac short shorts or a one of a kind Tennis Princess, we know you're going to own the court this Halloween. Here are our top five favorite costumes for adults and kids:

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Anatomy of a Tennis Racquet

September 27, 2016 at 9:40 AM by Erika Harmon posted in Insider,

Tennis Tips

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How big of a racquet should I get? Where's the "sweet spot" people are talking about? What's that little rubber thingy players have on their strings? We know using a tennis racquet and trying to pick one out in the store can be intimidating. Portland RecTennis Organizer Eric makes it easier with our breakdown of the racquet, and tips for buying the right one for your game. Have more questions? Leave a comment below for more answers and personalized recommendations!

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A Family Sport. A Lifelong Passion.

September 13, 2016 at 9:36 AM by AnnElise Anderson posted in Tennis For Families

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Siblings, AnnElise, Mitchell and Cooper Anderson, at the 2012 US Open in New York.

 

When you hear that tennis is a lifelong family sport, do you believe it? Well my family and I are proof. My mom, two brothers and I are all tennis players and have been for over 15 years. My middle brother and I work for the USTA Pacific Northwest, both as RecTennis Organizers in the state of Washington. It has been a dream of ours for a long time to work together in the tennis industry, but that’s not the end of the story. How do siblings end up working together for the largest non-profit organization in the nation? Well sit back and let me tell you a short story.

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Empowering a Community Through Tennis

August 27, 2016 at 9:00 AM by Phillip Kim posted in Active Community,

Kid Friendly Activities

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Doesn’t the dream job always start with doing what you love? Playing and teaching tennis is what I love and I feel lucky every day I am on the court. Hearing that I had been chosen by the USTA Pacific Northwest to help launch their recreational tennis program in Southern California was a wonderful surprise. I was even more excited that they had chosen to launch RecTennis here in a community that was new to me. Though it was only 20 minutes from my home I honestly knew very little about Azusa. Los Angeles is like that. You can live next door to someone all your life and never really meet them. It's such a big city that we often times feel overwhelmed and just keep to our own circle of friends.

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